The 2008 Swanson Oakville Merlot is a charming wine, reminiscent more of the right Bank of Bordeaux than Napa Valley. The nose offers black cherry, plum and dried red cherry with notes of well-integrated sweet oak and mocha. Firm, ripe tannins characteristic of our Oakville Estate vineyard fill out the palate nicely. In the mough, look for raspberry, black cherry and red licorice. A graceful top note of verve and spice is contributed by the Petit Verdot. Velvet-smooth and long on the finish. Should continue to improve in the bottle with optimum drinkability continuing through 2017.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine were sourced from four very select vineyard blocks: two in Rutherford, one in Yountville and one...
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine were sourced from four very select vineyard blocks: two in Rutherford, one in Yountville and one in Oakville. With the Merlot from Oakville and the Petit Verdot a first for the Alexis blend-grown in the Oak Knoll district. All grapes were sustainably farmed on well-drained alluvial soils.